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Infant-Preschool Childcare Director

New Canaan Community YMCA, Inc.
New Canaan, CT
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


Under the direction of the Vice President of Family and Youth Development, the Infant-Preschool Childcare Director is responsible for all aspects of the Infant-Preschool Childcare and 5’s Pre-K program departments, which include any daycare and future childcare programs at the New Canaan YMCA.


• B.A. / B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, and a background in child development and program administration.

• Hold Director credentials for State of CT childcare license.

• Strong organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills, including supervision, program development, and working with children and parents.

• A solid grasp of administrative procedures, including budget development, income production, and expense control.

• Ability to guide and direct staff to provide an early childhood program which positively develops the whole child socially, cognitively, physically, and emotionally, and follows the YMCA philosophy.

• Experience teaching and developing age-appropriate curriculum in an ECE program.

• Experience with State Licensing regulations and requirements.

• Fulfillment of all state licensing requirements (example: A current health examination that includes a negative tuberculin test or chest x-ray and a statement of physical and emotional competence in working with young children signed by a licensed physician, fingerprint, first aid and CPR certification, and continuing education).


• Prepare the annual Infant-Preschool Childcare and 5’s Pre-Ki program budgets with approval from the VP of Family and Youth Development and be accountable for program incomes and expenses.

• Establish goals & objectives, and policies, for the program and staff that are consistent with those of the YMCA and State Licensing requirements.

• Plan and execute the program and curriculum for Infant-Preschool Childcare and 5’s Pre-K program assuring that the programs provided meet the highest quality standards and strive to develop the whole child – socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively.

• Effective communication with parents; being available and responding to needs in a timely, consistent, compassionate manner. Assisting teaching staff to being the key link in positive/effective communication with each participant’s family as well as fellow staff.

• Maintain a program that is full and meeting the needs of the community through the marketing and promotion of the program on a year-round basis. This includes press releases, web site, fliers, ads, brochure, speaking engagements (schools, civic organizations, preschool information nights, etc), phone calls, tours, etc.

• Responsible the registration of participants – preparation of information, tours, communication follow-up, enrollment, billing status, etc. Meet with perspective families.

• Participate in the New Canaan Early Childhood Directors Association as well as additional community involvement with other child/family centered organizations.

• Monitor State and town childcare activities and keep abreast of current trends in the field.

• Communicate with consultants and state agencies as necessary.

• Communicate pertinent information obtained through contact with staff, parents, and children, as well as recommendations of policy, supervision, and overall operation of the program with the VP of Family and Youth Development in a timely manner (at least weekly).

• Work closely with other YMCA Directors as needed.

• Knowledge of and adherence to the established financial and business procedures of the YMCA.

• Attend all professional staff meetings to keep informed of all activities at the YMCA.

• Assume all other duties and assignments deemed appropriate by the VP of Family and Youth Development.

• Be knowledgeable of the “40 Developmental Assets” set forth by the Search Institute. For more information, check the website at

• Assist in all YMCA activities and special events as needed, and encourage staff to do so as well, in order to ensure their success.

• Perform other duties as designated by the supervisor.

• Job Description may be changed at any time by supervisor.


• Provide leadership and support to all program staff. This includes recruitment, hiring, training, daily supervision, and evaluation of the work of the staff in a timely manner.

• Organize, schedule and lead meetings with staff on a weekly basis.

• Attend appropriate trainings (YMCA as well as childcare) and be sure staff does as well.

All staff must acquire at least the minimum hours of continuing education required by state licensing.

• Oversee that all staff and participant files and program information are always up to date and on file.

• Establish weekly teacher schedules in a timely manner, working with requests and PTO.

• Complete bi-weekly payroll as scheduled in a timely manner according to HR process.

• Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality among staff and parents.

• With staff, schedule and implement special events for parents/families and staff to get together throughout the year. Help develop relationships between families in the programs.


• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to pick up children and other 20lb+ objects, bend and reach, dance and play with children, as well as walking indoors and outdoors, climbing stairs, and participating in classes with children (PE, Music, Bouncing Bears).

• The incumbent must also regularly lift and/or move 20 pounds while performing their job functions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include reading and distance views for documenting and observing children.


• Creation of childcare and nursery school programs that accomplish the goals and objectives of the YMCA, operate both efficiently and effectively, and serve children and their families in the most effective, beneficial manner.

• Full compliance with state requirements.

• High-quality program with efficiently and professionally trained staff.

• Staff continuity with the program as a result of a positive work environment and supportive atmosphere.

• Sound, fiscal operation resulting in meeting income goals as well as maintaining expenses.

• Programs that serve the community optimally.

• Creation of a warm, friendly YMCA atmosphere in which families can grow and thrive.

New Canaan Community YMCA, Inc.


New Canaan, CT
06840 USA



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